RCMP say residents in rural areas near Paynton and Maidstone can expect to see officers searching farm yards and acreages as they hunt for suspects believed to be armed and who are considered dangerous.
You can ask for police identification if you wish meanwhile both Detachment and RCMP Emergency Response Team members are remaining on scene in the area and anyone who may encounter a suspicious person or vehicle, or suspicious activity, is to not approach but contact RCMP immediately.
One man was arrested Thursday morning in the Maidstone area in relation to the investigation and is currently in police custody. Police are searching for a second man, about 5 foot 9 inches tall, traveling on foot. This began overnight Wednesday in the Edmonton Police Service and Alberta RCMP areas with two carjackings and a shooting in the Edmonton region that left one person in hospital.
A black Ford Fusion had been involved in an armed carjacking in the city and the Mounties also learned shots had been fired at a hotel in nearby Sherwood Park that resulted in a male being sent to hospital. Minutes later, the Fusion was believed to be involved in another carjacking at a gas station, where a Chrysler 300 bearing a Saskatchewan licence plate was stolen. Both vehicles left the area but a Ford Fusion was later found in flames on the Yellowhead Highway east of Edmonton. The Chrysler 300 was later discovered in Saskatchewan.